The NBA is returning the Hornets to Charlotte and they could be bringing the All-Star game along with it. But before the All-Star Game can come to Charlotte, new commissioner Adam Silver says that the city and the team needs to upgrade their stadium first.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Silver noted that an All-Star Game in Charlotte is a possibility but they need to upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena before they can bring the festivities there.
First, he said, the city must upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena, which needs $41.9 million of work, according to a list of needs compiled by the Charlotte Bobcats and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.
It’s sort of a backhanded compliment, as Silver is saying he wants to help out the Bobcats but they’re just a little too ugly to take put in public at the moment. It also shows that theDavid Stern era obsession with pristine stadiums has carried over to the Silver era — the type of obsession with stadiums that caused the Seattle Sonics to move to Oklahoma City after not moving out of Key Arena.
Still, the Bobcats — soon to be the Hornets — are looking to become one of the premier clubs in the NBA and stadium upgrades seem to be coming anyways.